Forum Post: Occupy Wall Street 1 year Anniversary - The Revolution Continues..for as long as necessary!
Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 17, 2012, 2:58 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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It’s now been a year since the first occupiers started Occupy Wall St. They lit a spark; they addressed something that has been lying beneath the surface in huge parts of the population: corporate greed and dominance. These first occupiers started a movement that eventually spread to numerous cities in the U.S. and eventually around the world; a movement which brought attention to things that are sorely needed right now: solidarity and justice.
So what’s been accomplished so far? The critics – the right-wing corporate media and the rest of them – will say “not much”. Well, that’s not true.
The Occupy Movement has contributed substantially to getting many important issues on the agenda. Things like inequality and corporate greed and dominance are now being discussed and talked about like never before. Also great names on the left like Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Naomi Klein have contributed and endorsed this movement.
Secondly, the movement has created optimism and increased engagement and organizing. By shedding light on something that have been oppressed for a long time, but which are just basic human characteristics: feelings of solidarity and the care for others, The Occupy Movement has brought people together in the common struggle for a more free, just and democratic society. By basing the organizing on non-hierarchical structure, solidarity and cooperation, the foundation is set for a popular movement eventually becoming a major force in society.
We also have to remember the long term perspective. It has just been a year; this movement is still young. The Occupy Movement is mainly in the organizing and growing stages now, the more who join and organize, the more will get achieved in terms of policies. Not even the most radical, impatient occupier thought that the struggle for a more free and democratic society would be easy and short. Wealth and power are very highly concentrated, and the corporate propaganda-machine has unfortunately been successful in many cases. It’s going to take time and hard work to dismantle this unsustainable system we have today.
One year has gone by, and it has been fantastic to see this movement come into existence and grow these twelve months. This movement is about the short term goals as well as the long term goals; this is just the beginning of a long hard struggle for freedom. What the future brings no one knows, but one thing’s for sure: The fight for a more free, just and democratic society will go on.
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